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Become A Rheumatologist

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Working As A Rheumatologist

  • $200,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Rheumatologist Do At National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters

* No Outbound Calling.
* You are connect to the patient right over the phone or video on your computer.
* Ideal for physicians who want to spend more time at home, travelling, retired or just want less overhead, without waiting on reimbursements
* Full training & malpractice insurance is provided
* Benefits Include the Following:
* Exclusive Physician Agent with the highest level of integrity and customer service to help customize your job assignments
* Excellent Pay
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What Does A Rheumatologist Do At Lancaster General Health

* Consults with patients to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
* Recommends and orders tests, including x-rays and chemical pathology to determine extent of illness or help diagnose condition.
* Monitors lab results, medication adherence and medication toxicities.
* Conduct frequent examinations of patients, checking for swelling, strength variation, and overall mobility.
* Discuss treatment options which may include medications such as steroids, non-inflammatory drugs, and recently introduced antibodies, as well as physical and occupational therapy.
* Provides clinical and didactic teaching to residents, medical students and staff.
* Represents the practice at Hospital committees in such a manner that the burden of attending the meetings is reasonably distributed among all of the physicians in the group.
* Assists in recruiting and interviewing of new physicians and staff to the practice.
* Attends Directors' and Committee meetings.
* Acquires the necessary CME credits and takes the certification examination to maintain re-certification status.
* SECONDARY FUNCTIONS:** **The following duties are considered secondary to the primary duties listed above:
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Rheumatologist

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.


Most applicants to medical school have at least a bachelor's degree, and many have advanced degrees. Although no specific major is required, all students must complete undergraduate work in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English. Students also take courses in the humanities and social sciences. In addition, some students volunteer at local hospitals or clinics to gain experience in a healthcare setting.

Medical schools are highly competitive. Most applicants must submit transcripts, scores from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and letters of recommendation. Schools also consider an applicant’s personality, leadership qualities, and participation in extracurricular activities. Most schools require applicants to interview with members of the admissions committee.

A few medical schools offer combined undergraduate and medical school programs that last 6 or 7 years.

Students spend most of the first 2 years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms, taking courses such as anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, medical ethics, and the laws governing medicine. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

During their last 2 years, medical students work with patients under the supervision of experienced physicians in hospitals and clinics. Through rotations in internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery, they gain experience in diagnosing and treating illnesses in a variety of areas.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.

Compassion. Physicians and surgeons deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.

Detail oriented. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.

Dexterity. Physicians and surgeons must be good at working with their hands. They may work with very precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.

Leadership skills. Physicians who work in their own practice need to be effective leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their practice.

Organizational skills. Some physicians own their own practice. Strong organizational skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.

Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need special attention. Persons who fear medical treatment may require more patience.

Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. Surgeons may spend a great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.

Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.


After medical school, almost all graduates enter a residency program in their specialty of interest. A residency usually takes place in a hospital and varies in duration, generally lasting from 3 to 7 years, depending on the specialty.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require physicians and surgeons to be licensed; requirements vary by state. To qualify for a license, candidates must graduate from an accredited medical school and complete residency training in their specialty.

All physicians and surgeons also must pass a standardized national licensure exam. M.D.s take the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). D.O.s take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX-USA). For specific state information about licensing, contact your state’s medical board. 

Certification is not required for physicians and surgeons; however, it may increase their employment opportunities. M.D.s and D.O.s seeking board certification in a specialty may spend up to 7 years in residency training; the length of time varies with the specialty. To become board certified, candidates must complete a residency program and pass a specialty certification exam from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), or the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS).

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Rheumatologist Demographics


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  • Male



  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Real Rheumatologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Rheumatologist Sanford Bismarck Bismarck, ND Jul 21, 2016 $313,500
Rheumatologist Sanford Bismarck Bismarck, ND Jul 01, 2015 $313,500
Rheumatologist Saint Francis Medical Center Cape Girardeau, MO Dec 22, 2016 $275,000
Rheumatologist Tri-State Memorial Hospital Clarkston, WA Jul 01, 2015 $260,000
Rheumatologist Aurora Medical Group, Inc. Sheboygan, WI Jul 27, 2015 $255,000
Rheumatologist Opelousas General Hospital Authority, A Public Trust Opelousas, LA Nov 16, 2016 $255,000
Rheumatologist White River Health System, Inc. Batesville, AR Aug 01, 2015 $252,881
Rheumatologist Kadlec Regional Medical Center Richland, WA Mar 14, 2016 $250,837
Rheumatologist Kadlec Regional Medical Center Kennewick, WA Jul 25, 2016 $250,000
Rheumatologist Alliance Medical Group, Inc. Middlebury, CT Jan 07, 2016 $250,000
Rheumatologist Mercy Health System Corporation Janesville, WI Feb 12, 2015 $250,000
Rheumatologist Innovis Health, LLC Fargo, ND Jul 31, 2016 $250,000
Rheumatologist Indiana Healthcare Physician Services Blairsville, PA Oct 02, 2016 $250,000
Rheumatologist Indiana Healthcare Physician Services Indiana, PA Aug 17, 2015 $250,000
Rheumatologist Multicare Health System Tacoma, WA Apr 06, 2015 $233,679
Rheumatologist Multicare Health System Tacoma, WA Mar 23, 2015 $233,679
Rheumatologist Multicare Health System Tacoma, WA Apr 20, 2015 $233,679
Rheumatologist Multicare Health System Tacoma, WA Mar 09, 2015 $233,679
Rheumatologist Multicare Health System Tacoma, WA Feb 23, 2015 $233,679
Rheumatologist The Methodist Medical Center of Illinois Peoria, IL Jul 01, 2015 $230,000
Rheumatologist The Methodist Medical Center of Illinois Peoria, IL Jun 21, 2016 $230,000
Rheumatologist Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Oct 31, 2015 $217,500
Rheumatologist North Mississippi Medical Clinics, Inc. Tupelo, MS Jul 01, 2015 $210,000
Rheumatologist North Mississippi Medical Clinics, Inc. Tupelo, MS Aug 26, 2016 $210,000
Rheumatologist North Mississippi Medical Clinics Inc. Tupelo, MS Jul 01, 2015 $210,000
Rheumatologist Stamford Health Integrated Practices, Inc. Stamford, CT Feb 03, 2016 $205,000
Rheumatologist Stamford Health Inegrated Practices Stamford, CT Aug 03, 2015 $205,000
Rheumatologist Mayo Clinic Eau Claire, WI Sep 08, 2015 $205,000

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Top Skills for A Rheumatologist


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Top Rheumatologist Skills

  1. Half-Day Rheumatology Clinics
  2. Internal Medicine
  3. Rheumatic Diseases
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted patients who suffer with joint pain, gout, arthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, and other rheumatic diseases.
  • Assisted with ultrasounds, patient history and joint injections.

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